Strike Imminent As Meeting Between FG And Labour End In Deadlock


The meeting between the federal government and leadership of the two-faction labour unions ended in deadlock as both parties refused to shift grounds on Monday night.

Labour had threatened to embark on nationwide strike over the hike in fuel price. The federal government is doing everything to stop the industrial action.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, while addressing newsmen at the end of the four-hour meeting this morning, said the two parties had “a fruitful discussion and will continue from where we stopped.”

The meeting, which ended at about 12 midnight, will resume at 3pm on Tuesday (today). Lawal, however, refused to answer further when prodded by newsmen.

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Also, the Federal Government, however, began another round of meeting with the Joe Ajaero-led faction of the labour movement at about 12.15am on Tuesday after its meeting with the Ayuba Wabba-led Nigeria Labour Congress.

Wabba confirmed that discussions with the Federal Government would continue by 3pm on Tuesday (today).

Those who attended the meeting included Wabba; NLC General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Esun; NUPENG president, Igwe Achese; PENGASSAN President, Olabode Johnson; TUC President, Bobboi Kaigama; Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang; and the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

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